This project consists on granting financial support for one year renewable periods to some of the elders who -with their knowldedge and advice- lead the Group of Jicareros of the Santa Catarina Cuaxcomatitlán Ceremonial Center (Tuapurie) and are key to the survival of their spiritual heritage.
The financial support would be provided for a full year (2015), with the possibility of renewal.
In the Wixárika community, the continuity of their spiritual traditions is largely ensured, through the involvement of members of the community who are part of a group of “Jicareros”, which should be advised and guided by the most knowledgeable and experienced elders of their community, about the right way to carry out the pilgrimages and ceremonies.
The Kawitero is an old man whose wisdom is to know and share the “story of the world” (cosmogony) with the Jicareros and with their whole community. Traditionally, this is done during pilgrimages and ceremonies. From their cosmogony, arise specific tasks, forms and procedures that the Jicareros should carried out as part of their responsibility.
Behind the project is the idea that if we could provide some monthly financial support to these elders, so that they can regularly attend the ceremonial center to support the young Jicareros, we could contribute in a modest but practical way to preserve a spiritual tradition that is important not only for the Wixárika, but to all mankind.
In its initial stage, the project aims to gather enough funds to provide financial support for at least two elders and one indigenous coordinator and regularly attend their Ceremonial Center and to provide for the renting of the bus used by the Jicareros of Santa Catarina, in his annual pilgrimage to the sacred territory of Wirikuta.
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